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University Studies

Program Overview

Program Overview

Customize your education with a flexible but strong liberal arts program. Take charge of your acquisition of knowledge and skill. Integrate study areas that are of special interest to you. Learn to link interdisciplinary intellectual inquiries and your own ethical stance when it comes to challenges facing today’s communities. 

You’ll have the flexibility to create a course combination unique to your needs. You’ll learn to serve the Nashville community and beyond within our SALT learning experience. We’ll help you develop your critical thinking skills and provide opportunities for you to work on special projects. 

Whatever your career goals, our faculty experts will help you lead the way with your own innovative degree plan.



Required Courses

Select 12 hours of coursework from the subject areas below.  The selected courses cannot be used to meet a general education requirement.  At least six hours must be at the 2000 level or higher.


  • Bible
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Upper-Division Electives

Select 12 hours of upper-division coursework (3000 or 4000 level).  These courses cannot be used to meet a general education requirement.

Concentration Requirement

Students must choose either two 12 hour concentrations or create one 24 hour concentration.

Custom Concentration
A 12-hour or 24-hour custom concentration can be created by the student and advisor.  At least 6 hours of the 12-hour concentration or 12 hours of the 24-hour concentration must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Education Concentration
ED 2313 - Schooling in America 
ED 3404 - Primary Education 
ED 3323 - Planning for Learning 
ED 3343 - Cultural Perspectives in Education 
AR 3513 - Art for Children 


MU 3203 - Music for Children 


TH 3413 - Creative Dramatics Offered even-numbered years

General Business Concentration
ENT 2503 - An Introduction to Business 
EC 2413 - Principles of Microeconomics 


EC 2403 - Principles of Macroeconomics 
MG 3503 - Leading and Managing People 
MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing 

Psychology Concentration
PS 2313 - Behavior Modification 
PS 2423 - Life Span Development 
PS 3413 - Social Psychology 
PS 3463 - Personality Theories 

Law, Justice, and Society Concentration
LJS 2103 - Society and the Law 
LJS 3203 - Legal Research and Reasoning 
LJS 3303 - Influencing Change through Civic Engagement 
LJS 2203 - Introduction to American Law 


LJS 4103 - Law in the Global Community

University Studies Concentration
UN 4992 - Capstone Experience 2 On-Demand


Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Study Abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

Career Paths

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities..

Postsecondary Education Administrators

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the registrar’s office.

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage workers who provide social services to the public.

Forest and Conservation Workers

Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they develop, maintain, and protect forests.

Airline and Commercial Pilots

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft.